Jenny Rivera sings the Mexican national anthem before the Middleweight bout against Shane Mosley and Sergio Mora at Staples Center on September 18, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Fans take to Twitter to mourn the loss of Jenni Rivera

Fans of singing sensation Jenni Rivera voiced their grief at her loss on Twitter, Instagram and other social media sites. The artist herself was an avid user of Twitter with 1, 894,888 followers. She maintained close contact with her fans, friends and family through tweets. One of her last, posted on December 9, was in response to director and television actor Javier Estrella, thanking him for posting a picture of them together.

Many expressed their sorrow that they would miss out on the music of the songstress, who sold over 15 million records and rose to the top of the male-dominated norteñas and bandas genre.

Born on July 2, 1969 in Westwood, California, Rivera began her singing career in the mid-90s and grew to global fame in the early 2000s. Several tweeters noted that their parents grew up with Rivera’s music.

Fans who attended the concerts of Rivera wrote of her intimate interactions with the audience. She filled shows at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and the México Auditorio Nacional and would often pull audience members on stage.

Others remembered the empowering message Rivera delivered to young men and women through her music and advocacy work. The 43-year-old often sang of overcoming heartbreak and was frank about her personal troubles including surviving domestic abuse. Her organization, the Jenni Rivera Love Foundation, offered support to battered women and single mothers.

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